Day 8 – Channel Islands & West Country 2011

Crews enjoy a rest day in Salcombe

The fleet awoke to a rainy and blustery morning.

Neale and Keith worked on By Purpose for a while in the morning but the prognoses is not good. The Jeanneau will have to have a new gearbox and unfortunately it means they will not be joining us for the remainder of the trip.

We can now report that there is water available in the Bag and the bowser came with its delivery at 11am. It was an opportunity crews to top off water tanks although many got soaked from the heavy rain in the process.

By lunch time there was a welcome break from the rain and the sky began to clear to reveal a blue sky. It was still very blustery in the harbour and any trips in tenders had very wet results.

Salcombe harbour was a hive of activity, it is the weekend after all and there were boats travelling here and there. Whitestrand pier was decorated with an array of tenders and high street was bustling in the sunshine.

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Almost everyone ventured into town at some point during the day. Stephen and Penny of fleet boat Gite met up with friends and travelled into Kingsbridge, while AquaVit‘s David and Neil went to South Sands for lunch. Lee from Indie bought a new outboard in town and he and Pam pottered up to Kingsbridge by tender.

Sealine SC29 Yak Yak‘s generator has not been working and Neale and Keith were working on it tonight.

With everyone returning from town and impromptu pontoon party was established. Everyone mingled and shared stories of their days activities.

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